The Easel

8th August 2017

Japanese Bamboo Art: The Abbey Collection, The Met, New York

Bamboo’s great virtue is strength with flexibility. Its cultural significance in Japan is expressed in many ways, one of which is basketry. Since the 19th century basketry has evolved from decorative art to a fully developed art form. As one critic notes “In a show like this, baskets can start to look like one of the world’s most complete, resonant art mediums.” An interesting time lapse video is here and more images here.

Bonhams to Auction Collection of Andrew Grima Jewels

Post-war jewellers in London focused on loading up their pieces with precious stones – a case of more is more. Grima instead drew inspiration for his creations from art and sculpture. He promptly became a favoured jeweler of the rich and famous and his pieces are still avidly collected. He was, according to one collector “the great impressionist of jewellers.” More images are here.